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Vegan hemp protein brownies/trail fuel

Life is change, but this year’s carrying a lit up, blazing shock of it. Above all, there’s the BIG, all encompassing one that is our sweet love-him-more-than-life-itself baby, already more boy than babe. Every day his gleaming eyes declare new, lively awareness; that kissable rosebud mouth announces rocketing learning with greater decisiveness; and those peals, squeals and giggles that delight and melt my heart...

One pot amaranth curry supper

The obvious choice would have been basmati rice, were it not for the want of nutritional punch. Plus, then it would have been two pots, and who has time for that midweek, busy week? Then again, I could have easily gone with quinoa, meeting both requirements of simplicity and nutritional delivery. Millet would have worked well, too. Only, it had to be amaranth. It was high time. I’ve wanted to try it for a long while....

Slow cooker curried ginger lentil soup

Spring has sprung, so I can stop stifling the unreasonable irritation at Dave for always emphasizing how he loves salad. Don’t those words even look ridiculous together? I love salad, too. But in cold winter months, I’m all about soup and stew. It’s kind of like how your circadian rhythm makes a shift with daylight savings; when crocuses poke their heads out of the snow, I start relishing salad...

Nicely spicy gluten free, vegan pumpkin chip cooki...

These cookies started out as these cookies from one Green Planet, and then they became a new cookie, just slightly modified, and the kind of accidental “mistake” that makes my day. Oh, and energy bars for Dave on his double run (to work and back, totaling 23 miles). So, these cookies…oh my! I love them. I’m positive the One Green Planet version is excellent, but I love this slight adaptation so much...

Super peanut sauce ( for veggie and noodle stir-fr...

There’s no use pretending otherwise, I have a severe weakness for peanut butter. I’m guessing I’m not alone in this, too. In fact, Dave has this firm (but unfounded) belief that all Americans are crazy about it. Due, I’m guessing, to a few American students studying at St. Andrew’s over a decade and a half ago now, myself included, who had no qualms about eating it  straight out of the...

Easy mango chia pudding

It seems like whenever I let myself feel a little like a rock star…or, what I really mean is, like a supremely together, organized person…even for a flicker of a second, it’s like the universe steps in and delivers a well-timed punch lest my head get big. Big picture, it all works out. I recover, and glean some sort of lesson, eventually. But there is a part of me that wants to tell the universe, please...

Veggie burrito bowls with cauliflower rice

If this post comes across as just a little curmudgeonly –and hopefully it doesn’t– know I’m miserable, isolated and somewhat self-pitying right now because I have the chicken pox. I KNOW, who gets the chicken pox anymore? Apparently those of us who had such mild cases as children we didn’t get the vaccine, but unbeknownst to our families, our cases didn’t actually “count”. Lucky...

Slow cooker farro, kale, and butternut stew

Another quickie post from me…because we’re in England! Felix successfully wowed a planeful of passengers on his first international flight. He cooed, waved, flirted and nursed. Didn’t sleep as much as we expected, but that was ok as long as he was happy. So in a nutshell, the journey was brilliant. Adjusting to the new time zone, another story…though I will say four nights in he seemed to flip a switch...

Slow cooker hearty quinoa and vegetable stew

Sometimes I hold off on blog posts just because I’m waiting for something to say. If not necessarily something particularly profound, then helpful, or at least something anecdotal I want to remember.  At times I forget that a blog is not a diary (sorry). Usually weaving thoughts with recipes just happens, so much emotion being poured into the planning and sharing of food. And aside from running time, cooking is often...

Naturally sweetened vegan banana chip bread/muffin...

Some days just need cake. Some days like the other day, when I had a bad day. Nothing went really terribly wrong, just your classic case of lots of little things adding up and culminating with a painful blocked duct. TMI? Sorry. I’m actually holding back. These days, poop and drool are recurring topics as a matter of course. It’s all a matter of perspective. Perspective, as it happens, was just what I needed,...

Meatless Mexighetti squash

You can always tell the recipes I didn’t intend to post until the last minute, because the photos go from the usual poor to just plain bad and slapdash. (Eventually, I will get savvy with a camera; or at the very least Pixlr.) This is not the most original recipe. Substituting spaghetti squash for spaghetti is as natural as swapping almond for peanut butter. And the sort of Mexican spicy twist is no great leap of...

Healthy date and maple “pecan pie” tar...

Dates, pecans, and a little maple syrup with a splash of lemon and orange zest…what’s not to love? Except maybe the delectable temptation just when everyone’s in post-holiday cleanse mode again. I feel a little guilty posting sweet treats given the timing. Yet one of my New Year resolutions–AGAIN–is to let go of (at least some) guilt. You can see the conflict. Actually, this recipe is pretty...